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e|net Selects Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Solutions to Advance Ireland’s Network Infrastructure

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e|net Selects Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Solutions to Advance Ireland’s Network Infrastructure

Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet advanced demarcation platforms to support sophisticated QoS and SLAs

LINTHICUM, MD, Feb. 6 - Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that e|net, the private company that manages the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) programme on behalf of the Irish Government, has selected Ciena’s 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches to improve its regional network infrastructure.

The advanced demarcation platforms’ low-touch provisioning and embedded service benchmarking capabilities enable a simple deployment model and speedy set-up of new customer connections, allowing e|net to easily expand its Carrier Ethernet network and offer its service provider customers sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) capabilities. The sophisticated QoS capabilities of Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet platforms enable e|net to carry a wide range of traffic types and data rates.

The Ciena technology also enables the network operator to tailor Ethernet services to the specific requirements of its service provider customers and easily demonstrate that individual SLA requirements are being fulfilled. Ciena’s 3916 Service Delivery Switch provides e|net with an advanced operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) suite, which includes embedded RFC 2544 service level agreement benchmark testing, meaning that all installed services can be tested remotely from the Network Operations Centre, simplifying the lighting of new connections and troubleshooting existing ones.

Ciena’s 3930 Service Delivery Switch enhances e|net’s service portfolio by introducing support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Its support of Synchronous Ethernet, sophisticated OAM and highly reliable architecture have also made it the product of choice for wireless backhaul and Ethernet business services applications. The deployment extends e|net’s current Carrier Ethernet network, which already uses Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Solutions, including Ciena’s 5305, 5150, and 5140 Service Aggregation Switches and 3940, 3920, and LE-311v Service Delivery Switches. The network also includes Ciena’s Ethernet Service Manager (ESM), an advanced solution for automated service creation, activation and management.

“Carriers rely on e|net for quick and reliable access to connectivity and Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Solutions offer us the portfolio needed to effectively build and expand our Carrier Ethernet network,” stated Conal Henry, Chief Executive Officer at e|net. “That means e|net can quickly light new connections for customers, providing them with the guaranteed service quality they require.”

“Ciena and e|net have worked closely together to build a resilient and flexible Carrier Ethernet network, to which this agreement is the latest addition,” stated John-Paul Hemingway, Vice President of Strategic Transformation at Ciena. “This deployment demonstrates the value of Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Solutions, which significantly accelerate and automate service creation and activation, equipping e|net to rapidly create tailored services that meet the needs of individual customers.”

Press Contacts: Nicole Anderson Ciena Corporation (877) 857 -7377 pr@ciena.com Artur Kwiatkowski Ciena Limited +44(0) 207 012 5584 akwiatko@ciena.com

Investor Contacts: Gregg Lampf Ciena Corporation (888) 243 6223 ir@ciena.com


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